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Test Scores Show Stagnation For Iowa 12th Graders

CENTRAL CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A new report shows that test scores for Iowa 12th graders have not improved when it comes two subject areas.

The national assessment of educational progress says student math and English scores in 2013 were the same as scores in 2009.

NAEP is a measuring stick for education progress across the country.

Their latest report shows a trend some school officials say they are already working to change.

For students here at central city community schools, it's another day of learning.

"We see a child struggling, we have conversations, we're right across the hall, we don't have to do a ton of paper work, we just walk across the hall and say hey this is what I'm seeing and I'm really concerned, what do you see, said Buffy Campbell, Elementary School Principal at Central City Community Schools.

Buffy Campbell says they don't wait until high school to do this. They begin as early as elementary, making it easier for students down the road.

She says the new report showing stagnation for Iowa 12th graders in reading and math is hard to gauge. Linn-mar school officials agree.

"There are several factors that go into that. One of the things that I noticed in reading through that is that five time the number of students tested this time as compared to before, said Dirk Halupink, deputy superintendent at Linn-Mar Community School District.

Dirk Halupink says what does matter is what they are doing to help their students academically.

"Particularly in math and literacy, we've adopted new curriculum in both of those areas over the last two to three years from the pre-school level all the way to 12th grade, he said.

Both districts say they always look for interventions and strategies for those students who are struggling.

"We know that reading and math are probably the two biggest things that are going to make a difference for our kids so part of our job is, to support them through that learning, said Campbell.

Iowa's students aren't the only ones whose scores aren't improving or getting worse.
The report shows that student scores pretty much stayed the same nationwide.
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